Stranraer bow out of South league

Richard Shaw, secretary of the Southern Counties Football Association for many years, has announced he is retiring from the post.

Mr Shaw revealed his decision at the recent Southern Counties annual general meeting. He will now take up a post on the executive committee, which has decided to ask clubs for nominations for the new secretary vacancy.

It was also confirmed that, as expected and reported in the Gazette previously, Stranraer Football Club would not be competing in the South of Scotland League but would, as a member, still take part in the Challenge Cup competition, as will Queen of the South and Annan Athletic.

There were no applications from new clubs for membership of the association, which means that the South of Scotland League will have only 12 teams competing next season.

Other decisions made will see the association meetings cut from four a year to three, and all cup finals being played at neutral grounds.

Creetown announced that their new changing rooms would not be ready for use from the start of the season and that the facilities they have in place at present would continue to be used meantime.

Permission was also given to Mid-Annandale Football Club to play next season at Galabank, the home of Annan Athletic, under a ground sharing agreement until work is undertaken on their home park in Lockerbie, although this agreement may continue into a second season if work is not completed.

The 2012/13 season in the South of Scotland kicks off on Saturday, July 28, with league matches.

The draw for four cup competitions are as follows:

South Challenge Cup, first round – Heston bye to second round, Crichton v Abbey Vale, Creetown v St Cuthbert Wanderers, Newton Stewart v Dalbeattie Star, Wigtown and Bladnoch v Nithsdale Wanderers, Fleet Star v Threave Rovers, Stranraer v Mid-Annandale, Queen of the South v Annan Athletic.

South League Cup, byes to second round – Creetown v Mid-Annandale, Abbey Vale v Dalbeattie Star; first round – St Cuthbert Wanderers v Fleet Star, Heston Rovers v Crichton, Wigtown and Bladnoch v Nithsdale Wanderers, Threave Rovers v Newton Stewart.

Potts Cup, byes to second round – Fleet Star v Threave Rovers, Abbey Vale v Wigtown and Bladnoch; first round – Crichton v St Cuthbert Wanderers, Newton Stewart v Mid-Annandale, Creetown v Heston Rovers, Nithsdale Wanderers v Dalbeattie Star.

Haig Gordon Cup, byes to second round – Creetown v St Cuthbert Wanderers, Dalbeattie Star v Abbey Vale; first round – Heston Rovers v Crichton, Wigtown and Bladnoch v Mid-Annandale, Nithsdale Wanderers v Fleet Star, Newton Stewart v Threave Rovers.